Valeria Ochoa

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Hi there! My name is Valeria and I’m 21 years old. I study Economics at Carleton University which is where I met CCO for the very first time about 3 years ago. I am originally from Honduras and moved to Waterloo, ON about five years ago. It had been around two years since I moved away from home, family, and friends so moving to a new city in a relatively new country by myself was a bit overwhelming. I grew up in a beautiful and loving Catholic family who made our faith part of our everyday lives so signing up for a faith study with CCO was an obvious move to make.
It took me a while (about four faith studies), but I realized that for the longest time I saw all of these roads leading to a dead end. I felt restless, hopeless, and unseen. Through the faith studies, I learned that Jesus sees me as His beloved daughter and that I could invite Jesus to be at the centre of my life and to have a personal relationship with Him.
I didn’t say ‘yes’ to inviting Jesus to be at the centre of my life until last year during Be The Light Mission and let me tell you, it changed my life. I met the living person of Jesus. He is patient and kind. His love is steadfast even if ours isn’t. He carries our burdens when we aren’t able to. All of the roads leading to dead ends are now leading me to Heaven and I get to walk through them with Jesus by my side.
We are called to share our dreams, our worries, our joys and sufferings with Jesus, and this year I was called to go on mission in Ottawa. Since moving to Ottawa, I fell in love with the city and the people, but I know there is someone missing in many people’s hearts. I love introducing people to Jesus and I would love it even more if you were part of it! How? Through your financial support and prayers! Lots of prayers for the people we will be reaching in Ottawa and across Canada through the True North Mission.
Thank you in advance and know I will be praying for you!